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Among this year’s programme from 5-8 October 2023 Éigse Michael Hartnett hosts an evening of words and music with poets Paddy Bushe and Annemarie Ní Churreáin and musician Steve Cooney.⁠

Friday, 6 October⁠
Áras Smith O’Brien⁠
Gortboy, Newcastle West, Limerick⁠
Adm: €20.00 

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017), Town (The Salvage Press, 2018) and The Poison Glen (The Gallery Press, 2021). She is a recipient of the Arts Council’s Next Generation Artist Award and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a 2023 Guest Editor of Poetry Ireland Review (Issue 140). ⁠

Paddy Bushe lives in Waterville, Co. Kerry. He has published thirteen collections of poetry, three of which are in Irish, and seven collections of translations from Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Winner of the 2005 Michael Harnett Award and the 2017 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. He is a member of Aosdána.⁠

Steve Cooney is best known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to the traditional dance music of West Kerry, for which he won the National Entertainment Award in 1997. A poet and songwriter, his primary focus is Irish traditional music and fusions of that genre. The winner of three categories at the 2020 RTÉ Folk Awards, he was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded a PhD in 2018 and was named TG4 Cumadóir na Bliana (Composer of the Year) in 2021.

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